Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery


  • Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
  • 219 East Main Street
  • Lititz, PA 17543-2011


  • Primary - (717) 626-4354

The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Founded in 1861, this historic location is still maintained today by the Sturgis family. Located in beautiful Lititz, Pennsylvania, our tour provides a fun and insightful look at the birth of pretzel baking in the region.

During our tour, your group will:

  • Get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting
  • Learn about the history of pretzel baking in America
  • See the original 19th-century pretzel ovens built by Julius Sturgis
  • Watch our bakers twisting sourdough soft pretzels by hand
  • Receive a small sample bag of pretzels baked by America's original pretzel-baking family

Groups can also visit our retail store, where we feature pretzels baked by the descendants of Julius Sturgis, using the same techniques he pioneered in 1861. Your group will find:

  • Fresh-baked, hand-twisted sourdough soft pretzels
  • Traditional flavored, and chocolate-coated varieties of hard preztels
  • Unique pretzel-themed gifts and collectibles

We are a group-friendly facility, with many new accommodations implemented in our recent restoration and renovation project. These include:

  • Brand-new men's and women's bathroom facilities
  • Parking for one bus on property
  • Handicapped accessibility

Visit the Group Tour section of our website: http://www.juliussturgis.com/grouptours.html

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